Royal London Sustainable Diversified Trust Class C Inc
Mixed Asset 41-60% Equity
Rated Fund 2017-20. Strong ethical stance has not harmed performance
This great ‘quick-start’ fund for ethically minded investors was named Money Observer’s Best Mixed Asset Lower Risk fund in 2019, when Morningstar initiated coverage with an analyst rating of bronze and upgraded its sustainability rating to high. The fund is proof that sustainable investing doesn’t only benefit society – investors can profit too. At the end of 2019 the fund was sector leader over one, three and five years.
Managers Mike Fox, on the equity side, and Richard Nelson, on the fixed-income side, invest in companies with products or services that align with their core themes of care for the environment, human welfare and sustainability. The focus is on companies that lead their industries in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, as assessed by Royal London’s analysts. Fox and Nelson aim to integrate ESG considerations alongside financial analysis throughout the investment process.
Every holding in the fund has to meet key criteria, and the management team actively engages with investee companies to champion best practice and challenge them on ESG issues. An exclusion policy focuses on avoiding companies believed to expose investors to unacceptable financial risk resulting from poor management of ESG factors.
Fox’s valuation-driven stock selection aims to identify mispriced opportunities. The fund had 60% of assets invested in the UK, 17% in the US and a smaller allocation in continental Europe at the end of 2019.
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|Rentokil Initial PLC||2.37 %|
|SSE PLC||2.30 %|
|Sage Group (The) PLC||2.19 %|
|London Stock Exchange Group PLC||2.04 %|
|AstraZeneca PLC||1.99 %|
|Microsoft Corp||1.98 %|
|RELX PLC||1.96 %|
|Experian PLC||1.89 %|
|Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert.||1.87 %|
|Agilent Technologies Inc||1.64 %|
|United Kingdom||45.93 %|
|United States||36.50 %|
|Europe - ex Euro||9.50 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||8.91 %|
|Financial Services||7.64 %|
|Communication Services||5.89 %|
|Real Estate||5.25 %|
Mike is investment manager of the CIS Sustainable Leaders Trust and has been doing this job since November 2003. Mike selects, from the list of companies meeting the criteria of the Trust, the companies most likely to provide strong investment performance.
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